“Law, Language, and the Archive”

Third Annual Brown Legal Studies Graduate Conference


Friday, April 27, 2018

Keynote Roundtable, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Pavilion Room, Peter Green House

Discussants: Michael Vorenberg, Faiz Ahmed, Emma Amador, Holly Case, Nicholas Laluk, Emily Owens

Reception to follow

Saturday, April 28, 2018

All Saturday events will take place in Smith-Buonanno Hall


Panel 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Literary and Legal Negotiations of Power

Discussant: Rebecca Nedostup, Brown University

“Jurisdictional Crisis in Kashmir-Literature: Tying up the Three L's--Law, Land, and Literature,” Rajgopal Saikumar, New York University

“The People's Pendleton: The Daily Talk of Law in Rural Iowa, 1920-1928,” Emily Prifogle, Princeton University

“Over and Against [the Law]: Migration, Secularism, and Women of Color Feminisms in The Satanic Verses and The Year of the Runaways,” Lubabah Chowdhury, Brown University


Coffee break, 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Panel 2, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

Gender, Power, and Performance

Discussant: Julia Gettle, Brown University

“No Body There: Law, Reading, and the Instability of Interpretation,” Hannah Frydman, Rutgers University

“Indecent: God of Vengeance and the Obscenity Trial of 1923,” Nicole Siegel, Fordham University

“Avant La Loi Veil: Collisions between Literature and Reproductive Law in Twentieth-Century France,” Georgiana Saroka, Cornell University


Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Panel 3, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Contemporary Rhetoric and the Law

Discussant: Daniel Platt, Brown University

“Undocumented Dramatis Personae: Movement Narrative in a Legislative Setting,” Nabil Tueme, University of Connecticut

“An Untold History of Israel's Affirmative Action Law,” Ofra Bloch, Yale University

“Surviving Settler Colonialism: Rhetoric and Contemporary Indian Law,” Elizabeth Rule, Brown University


Coffee break, 3:00-3:30 p.m.


Panel 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Creating and Confronting the Archive

Discussant: Sara Ludin, Berkeley University

“Articulating and Engaging with Notions of Legal Heritage in Early Thirteenth-Century London,” Katherine Har, University of Oxford

“An Epistemology of Cruelty: Witness Testimony in the Murder Trial of Richard Lamb, London, 1733,” Nicole Breault, University of Connecticut

“Redefining the legal archive in Post-2011 Egypt: Manshurat Qanuneya as a case study,” Nourhan Fahmy, American University in Cairo

past conferences

April 2017: "Law and Democracy." Please see here for full schedule.

April 2016: 1st annual legal history graduate student conference. Drawing an interdisciplinary set of graduate students from all over the world who study the legal past, the conference provided a space for students to explore questions of methodology across a diverse set of panels:

  • Law, Labor, and Commerce

  • The Status of the Human in Law

  • Legal Knowledge Networks

  • Law and Empire

  • plus, a faculty panel on "Legal Sources and the Law's Archive"

For the full 2016 schedule, please see here.